Spring Again

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, March 1st, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Open Studio, Suite 104, 401 Richmond St. West, Toronto. Spring Again is Jaehyang Lee’s first exhibition since 2016 and features a series of intricate lithograph prints, many of which were created in the last two years. Lee’s work draws upon her experience of dislocation…

Have a Pomelo 

Karen Kar Yen Law, detail of Pomelo Rinds 七(Seven), 2023, monotype on paper, 1/1, 19” x 15”.

Have a Pomelo engages the materiality of the giant citrus fruit, the pomelo. The pomelo is a significant fruit in the Chinese home, finding itself regularly on the spirit table, shared among family members as dessert, or gifted during Lunar Calendar festivals. Unlike its citrus cousins, the pomelo’s tart and sweet pulp require more laborious…

A Medium to Tell Stories

Brenda Joy Lem, T-shirt design, 2023, screenprint.

A Medium to Tell Stories brings together three artists who incorporate print media and narrative elements into their work to tell stories informed by personal, generational, and wider community experiences. Mohammad Tabesh’s work is informed by his childhood memories of war and violence. His work for this exhibition features a portrait of his father, encircled…

Roots

Ruth A. Mora Izturriaga, Spring, 2022, detail process shot of mixed media print. Full work includes screenprinting, weaving, embroidery, laser etching and laser cutting, felt, and canvas. Overall size: 6 ft tall by 18” inches wide.

Ruth A. Mora Izturriaga’s artistic practice thrives on diverse expressions, inspired by change, transformation, and adaptation. Anatomic images and references to nature are recurrent in her art, symbolizing beauty, time’s passage, birth, regeneration, and healing. She aims for them to bridge between her personal preoccupations and collective concerns, by referring to universal themes that can…

The Book of Fading Memories

Project Space: Mohammad Tabesh, 'The Book of Fading Memories ', 2023.

Growing up in Iran, the highly political atmosphere of society and constant turmoil in the region manifested themselves in Mohammad Tabesh’s memories. He remembers the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88, including mass arrests of political activists, widespread imprisonments and executions with no fair trial. The Orwellian censorship imposed on his…

TO STAY

Project Space: Phoebe Todd-Parrish, 'TO STAY', 2023.

Phoebe Todd-Parrish’s exhibition, TO STAY, is a selection of work exploring the diners of Toronto and these unassuming local landmarks’ roles as bellwethers of changing architectural fashions and processes of gentrification. Through observation and comparison of these particular neighbourhood locales, patterns and particularities emerge, encouraging the viewer to re-examine their own communities, nearby businesses, and…

In Praise of Lichens

Detail: Phyllis Gordon, Cladonia cristatella, 2022, woodcut, image 7” x 7.5”, paper 11.5” x 16”.

Lichens: infinitely varied, ancient, ubiquitous, slow-growing, tiny, still, silent. Lichens are a foundational element in the development of plant life on earth. They unite differences, both algae and fungi, plus additional lifeforms, exemplifying collaboration and symbiosis and the absence of binary hierarchies. Moreover, they are marvellously intricate and beautiful. The prints in this exhibition each…

Baseline

Project Space: Anna Gaby-Trotz, Baseline, 2023.

I would like to acknowledge that the lands depicted in these images are not my home. This land and water belong to the Inuit people of Canada and Greenland. I am grateful to have been welcomed into their homelands and acknowledge the problematic nature of being a settler within this space. Climate change impacts us…

You really don’t remember?

Project Space: Tyler Bright Hilton, You really don't remember?, 2022.

You really don’t remember? features a selection of artist proofs from Tyler Bright Hilton’s ongoing series of narrative etchings. Mixing fictional and real-life people ‘cast’ as antagonists who symbolize different themes, this work is inspired by film noir, a genre which combines the fatalism and disorientation of a society going through rapid and frightening cultural…

Gates

Project Space: Gates, Judith Klugerman, 2022.

Judith Klugerman’s work often recalls, in an abstract way, the colours and textures of places she has visited. These images engraved in Klugerman’s memory are re-invented in her etchings, weavings, and paintings. They crop up as overlapping layers of colour, subtle linear markings, and traces of poetry. Drawing is a continuous part of Klugerman’s practice….

WITH/IN

Project Space: Nix Burox, Victoria Day, Rachael Dodgson, Jessica Palmer, ‘WITH/IN', 2022. Materials and dimensions variable.

What are individual, cultural, and societal associations with belonging, and how does its absence shape our expectations and identities? Whether direct or obtuse, these connections invite a multitude of concurrent themes, including longing, vulnerability, and reclamation. How does one define and respond to intimacy and connection at a time when, in the wake of the…

roll! stack! fold! break! (old man yells at cloud)

Pudy Tong, ‘a roll (BoJack Horseman 2016)’, 2022, printed newsprint, red rubber bands, approximate dimensions: 23" x 3" x 3".

Inspired by depictions of the physical newspaper in popular culture, the print-based sculptures in roll! stack! fold! break! (old man yells at cloud) by Pudy Tong, play up the notions of superficial knowing and tenuous materiality. The veneer of mimesis falls away when these haphazardly recreated newspaper props are brought outside the context of the screen,…

Documenting Border Barriers

Pamela Dodds, detail, 'India-Bangladesh Border Barrier', 2021, drypoint and relief print, 11” x 19”.

Documenting Border Barriers is an exhibition by Pamela Dodds that addresses the exponential rise in the building of fortified fences and walls between nations and territories to control and prevent the movement of people. The installation in Open Studio’s Project Space presents the initial prints in her continuing, comprehensive study in drypoint and relief printmaking…

Geometries of Difference

Project Space: Samar Hejazi, ‘Geometries of Difference’, 2022. Print details: Samar Hejazi, ‘Blue Monotype 4/7’, 2021, monotype, edition 1/1, paper size: 19.5” x 28.75”.

Samar Hejazi uses visual perception, repetition, reflection, light, shadow, multidimensionality and interactivity to question interpretations of structural systems of belief. By emphasizing temporality and transformability based on perspective, she challenges the mind’s inclination and impulse to hold and ascertain meaning. Her use of repetition and multiple focal points allow the viewer to create their own…

Dark Age Ahead

Rocky Dobey working on an etching [process shot].

The long history of vicious weapons adorned in beautiful engravings is remembered and reflected in this exhibition by Rocky Dobey. The title is inspired by Jane Jacobs’ 2004 book “Dark Age Ahead”, in which her insight about the US embracing Trumpism was prescient. Dobey’s interest in medieval Byzantine style is influenced by his childhood spent…

Interference Patterns

For the last ten years, Philippe Blanchard has developed an interdisciplinary creative practice exploring the intersections of animation, installation, textile and print. His recent animated works, Brouillages/Interference Patterns and Rayuela/Hopscotch, both from 2019, represent the continuation of a body of work first initiated during his yearlong research project through Open Studio’s Nick Novak Fellowship, in…

SHELTER in PLACE

An image list is available here. The Toronto Star has reviewed Rochelle Rubinstein’s exhibition, you can read the article here. The block printed banners in SHELTER in PLACE represent Rochelle Rubinstein’s desire to blend the design aesthetics and art of printmaking on textiles with social and environmental advocacy. When her Open Studio exhibition was postponed due to…

Pink city, Green branches revisited

Project Space: Yael Brotman and Libby Hague, 'Pink city, Green branches revisited', 2020.

As for me, I know nothing else but miracle,Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,Or stand under the trees in the woods.– Walt Whitman Life does not and cannot stand still. Its beauty rests in impermanence. We look at nature and the human imagination,…

SHADE

Project Space: Andrea deBruijn, SHADE, 2020.

The word shade offers comfort, implying shelter, protection, and relief. It simultaneously alludes to that which is uncertain – a spectral presence, an obstruction of clarity, or a gathering darkness. In this installation, Andrea deBruijn fills the gallery with black printed foliage, inviting reflection on our changing relationship to natural environments. Her leafy contours represent…

Room for Absence

Don Phillips Scholarship Residency recipient. Room for Absence features small and large-scale woodcut and letterpress pieces alongside installation work. With tongue-in-cheek self-deprecation, but also sometimes uncomfortably honest exposition, Nix Burox uses autobiography and self-analysis to tackle issues of mental illness, gender, and being an artist struggling to find coherence. As a self-identified ‘recovering perfectionist’, Burox…

Thank U, Next—27 Series

Rachael Dodgson, 'New Rules–27 Series I, II', 2019 screenprint and stone lithograph, each 11” x 8.5”.

Process-based, experimental, and spontaneous, Rachael Dodgson’s practice explores the possibilities of print and the impact of abstract imagery on both artist and viewer. Dodgson uses lithography and screenprinting techniques to create colourful and bold work. Informed by her spontaneous gestures, Dodgson’s mark-making is an evolving language that translates subconscious thoughts centered around mental health, perception,…

Where I’m at Now

Where I’m at Now is a collection of ‘postcards’ reflecting an ongoing conversation about the experience of place – physical and psychic – by artists Yael Brotman, Karen Curry, Liz Parkinson, Snaige Sileika and M.J. Steenberg, colloquially called the Gibson Girls. During their 2018 annual retreat, each of the artists received ten 4”x6” cards to…

Celebrating Otis Tamasauskas

L: Ann Unger, Library Book Pocket Series 600 V, 2019, drypoint, pochoir, AP, 4.75” x 3.7”, $75. R: Ann Unger, Library Book Pocket Series 600 II, 2019, drypoint, pochoir, india ink, 5/9 VE, 4.75” x 3.7”, $75.

This group show features a selection of prints by artists who worked under the tutelage of Otis Tamasauskas. Each work shows artistic development that is strongly rooted in creative experimentation, whether it’s through the painterly mark-making seen in Amy Uyeda’s prints, bold graphic design elements in Tara Cooper’s work or an appreciation for layering elements…

Open Up

Victoria Day, Heavy, 2018, screenprint, edition of 20, 10" x 7.5”. Image courtesy of the artist.

Open Up is a collection of screenprints that tell stories of Victoria Day’s experiences with anxiety, depression, motivation and mental health. Her figures convey a sense of defiance and confrontation representative of the internal struggles that sometimes seem impossible to address and the strength it takes to overcome or simply accept them. Each screenprint is…

Passage

Laura Bydlowska, Under, 2019, screenprint, ink, gouache, wood carving and pyrography on wood panel, 4" x 4". Photo courtesy of the artist.

Passage is a recent body of work by Laura Bydlowska which examines how strata intersect to create or limit access within a fictional landscape. Passage continues Bydlowska’s fascination with geologic cross-sections, and the forming of imagined environments below the surface. Passage also suggests movement, an opportunity to observe how lines, shapes and textures encourage the eye to travel across different…

Monarchs, Mexico and Milkweed

Monarchs, Mexico and Milkweed are the focus of Liz Menard’s current work in progress. In September 2015, she was an Artist in Residence at Playa in Oregon’s high desert. Playa is adjacent to a six-mile lake that dries up each summer. This extreme otherworldly landscape was arid and barren. The dry, cracked lakebed resembled clay. Menard spent her days wandering, collecting, sketching, photographing and creating prints. When she returned to Toronto,…

Borderless

Fatima Garzan’s multidisciplinary art practice includes painting, printmaking, and site-specific installations. Through these various media, she explores pattern and abstraction as it exists within diverse cultures. Having trained in both Iran and Canada, she strives to mix influences from both eastern and western cultures, while investigating ornamental and modern design in her work. She combines…

Beyond Statistics: The Artifacts of Inflation

Don Phillips Scholarship Residency recipient. Although many countries faced economic hardships following World War I, the German Papiermark was notoriously volatile and exceeded other inflation rates. Beyond Statistics: The Artifacts of Inflation continues Thomson’s visual and historical research into Papiermarks. Heather Thomson feels discussions on hyperinflation Germany focus on statistics and disregard the physicality of currency. For…

Get it together

Meggan Winsley, Where we graze, 2018, screenprint, 15" x 11".

Get it together is a body of work by Meggan Winsley about survival, and of wearing masks so that we may endure. Winsley is drawn to the use of masks, and by extension, the possible alternate identities that one can wear. Winsley began using gas masks as a chosen imagery, followed by Plague masque imagery and…

Variations on Urban Planning

Variations on Urban Planning features print-based work by Alex R.M. Thompson. The work aims to unpack the process of contemporary city building, drawing on the order/disorder of the construction site as its primary motif. The work deconstructs the familiar ubiquity of urban building, removing the necessary (and numerous) instruments of development from their regular contexts and…

The Figure: Trials and Tribulations

Nancy Hanada, Glimpse of the Infinite, 2016, monotype, 11” x 11”.

The Figure: Trials and Tribulations exhibit is a retrospective of Nancy Hanada’s exploration of the figure and monotype printing over the last six years. It documents her struggles with experimentation and balancing reality versus imagination in creating figures using the medium of monotype printing. It is a journey that includes triumphs, disasters and happy accidents….

About and Beside

Dan O’Neill, Sunboy.01.copy.jpg, 2016, lithograph on paper, edition of 8, 27.5” x 60”, $1750.

Group Exhibition featuring work by Barbara Balfour, Nadine Bariteau, Dan O’Neill and Nick Shick.Curated by Daryl Vocat. In celebration of Pride month, Open Studio Print Sales Gallery presents About and Beside; an exhibition rooted in interactions and interpretations. These four artists gather, contemplate, and translate their sources and ideas to create new works. In some…

Tokens

Susan Cunningham, Token - Egyptian Bracelet, 2013, screenprint and acrylic paint on wood veneer, 24” x 24”.

As an adult language teacher to newcomers to Canada, Susan Cunningham’s role is to assist her students in acquiring proficiency in English, a skill that can be the key to success. She is acutely conscious of her privilege and of the power imbalance that persists between her and her students, just because by a trick…

Shift

Sally Ayre, Shift #1, #2 and # 3, detail, screenprint on Japanese hand-made paper, work in progress.

Sally Ayre has been collecting plant specimens for many years, some from explorations in the city, and other specimens from the edge of waterways and during time spent in the country. The specimens have been scanned and catalogued to form an image bank from which she draws on to create her work. In the work…

SHELTER

Rebecca Cowan, Advocate, 2017, drypoint, collagraph, monoprint, 16” x 16”.

Rebecca Cowan is a printmaker, book artist and arts educator based in Kingston, Ontario. Cowan’s childhood was shaped by relocation, from pastoral new suburbs to vibrating inner cities. Regularly being the “new kid” encouraged her observation and analysis of others, while simultaneously tightening the ties within her own family. Over the course of her career,…

Group Exhibition: Revisiting the Landscape

Brian Kelley, Waterfall, 2017, stencil, tie-dye and mixed media on Japanese papers, unique work, 8’ x 6’ x 4"(variable dimensions).

The artists in this group exhibition examine notions of the landscape in printmaking, using expressive forms of imagery, challenging traditional constructs. Brian Kelley, known for his intaglio prints and screenprints of Algonquin and Killarney Provincial Parks, explores the singular element in nature in a new form of expression for the artist. Kelley’s Waterfall is an…

FeO(OH)

Laine Groeneweg, Study For a Rocket Ride, 2017, drypoint and collagraph, 22” x 30”.

Rust is both an indicator of decay and the passage of time. While rusted out objects often represent a failed glory or state of neglect, they also present an inherent beauty that speaks of history and a life once lived. Oxidized, weathered and beaten, the objects in these prints have endured and remain as stoic…

Your story and mine: very short poems with woodcuts

Libby Hague, Insomnia, 2017, woodcut type, woodcut, copper, acrylic on paper, 21” x 16.5”.

Very short “poems” are printed in wood type and accompanied by abstract or figurative woodcuts. Throughout her life, artist Libby Hague (RCA, BFA Honors, Concordia University) has loved to read (and being read to) as much as she has loved making things. As a child, Hague had a large, green, illustrated volume of The Golden…

Designing with Printed Art

CLOSING RECEPTION February 7, 2018, 6-8 PM. Kate Zeidler in attendance. Curated by Kate Zeidler Featuring prints by Shogo Okada, Liz Parkinson and Tammy Ratcliff Open Studio is pleased to invite Kate Zeidler, one of Canada’s leading interior designers, to curate a group exhibition of prints selected from the Open Studio Print Sales Gallery. Focusing…

Press Photo Antarctica

Que Sera Sera lands at the South Pole, 1956. Credit: U.S. Navy.

Kristie MacDonald is visual artist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Her research-based practice engages notions of the archive and the collection, as well as their roles in the evolving meanings and contextual histories of images and artifacts. Her current research is concerned with the phenomena of recollection, remembrance, and forgetting which drive the…

Group Exhibition: Monochrome

Alex Thompson, Sector 1, 2017, etching and aquatint on paper, paper size: 30” x 22”.

By definition, monochrome is the use of a single colour or values of a colour in an artwork. Monochromatic composition simplifies the imagery and injects drama into the work. The artists in this group exhibition—Laine Groeneweg, Alex Thompson and Laura Widmer—create monochromatic works to define the space that their subjects inhabit, creating dramatic effects that…

In Development

Jeannette Nguyen

Jeannette Nguyen’s work is illustrative and graphic in style, comical with strokes of whimsy. She works with themes revolving around subconscious anxieties often pertaining to nature, animals, the environment and our human relationship to these things. She often depicts real and magical creatures trying to live life in slightly altered but real environments. At times…

Group Exhibition: Playful Tangents – Curated by Kelly Manikoth

Suzanne Nacha

Playful Tangents is a group exhibition curated by Kelly Manikoth featuring work by artists who previously worked at Open Studio under the auspices of the Visiting Artist Residency program: Suzanne Nacha (2008 – 09), Endi Poskovic (2008 – 09), and Suzie Smith (2012 – 13). Each artist uses traditional printmaking techniques—from lithography to screenprinting—to deconstruct,…

SPEAK FREELY

Jennie Suddick, SPEAK FREELY, installation detail, 2017, paper, dimensions variable.

Jennie Suddick is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada who has exhibited in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts from York University and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Advanced Visual Studies Certificate from OCAD University. Her solo projects have been featured at The Art…

Transforming Colours

EXTENDED TO: Friday, July 28th, 2017. Walter Procska’s prints are filled with shapes that are often strongly mathematical. Like Kandinsky and other artists as well as scientists, he feels a strong sense of spirituality in mathematical forms. Notwithstanding the circuitous course of our daily lives and our thought processes, many of his lines fight to…

Wear Me

Dorona Zierler, Wings, 2016, photograph of screenprint on fabric

Closing Reception: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM People always say to be yourself. The difficulty arises from the assumption that the self is a solid, secure entity born of choice rather than various fragments composed of experiences, memories, learned behaviour, and defense mechanisms. Early on as an artist, Dorona Zierler went through…

Field Notes: Group Exhibition

Morgan Wedderspoon, Traces, 2016, woodcut and digital print on paper, 22” x 30”, 1/3, $300

This group exhibition features Anna Gaby-Trotz, Morgan Wedderspoon and Meggan Winsley, three artists who employ digital media as either a primary process or as a component in their work. The stories that the photographic or photo-based works tell are varied, but are centred in visual dialogue, using observations and methods of organizing to tell the images’…

Points of Abstraction

This exhibition of new work by Astrid Ho explores images of various architectural interiors and exteriors in abstract compositions. The subjects of her work are based on personal photos taken from her phone in the summer of 2016 as a passive visitor of the locations. She sees formalist and abstract compositions in the everyday. In…

New Work

Christine Koch is a printmaker and painter based in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her practice balances between her working studios (in downtown St. John’s and in Woody Point) and a variety of field-based residencies that have taken her to remote environments in Canada’s North: the Yukon, Nunavut, and northern Labrador. For the past decade, her work…

CYCLiC

The three works in Cyclic are the result of layering of material and of subject. The figurative narratives, which include expressions of desire, courtship rituals, and the act of giving birth, are woodblock and linoleum printed on opaque silk. This is the “back story” in front of which are woodblock and softoleum printed circular shapes,…

You Are Listening

Special Opening Performance: Violinist Gloria Yip will be performing at the opening on Friday, March 24. Yip will begin her 20 minute performance at approx. 7:30pm. The full title of the violin piece she will be playing is: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 1. Grave 2. Fuga 3. Andante 4. Allegro…

Group Exhibition: Cut. Woven. Folded.

Cut. Woven. Folded. is a group exhibition featuring artists Judith Klugerman, Annyen Lam and Ann Unger. The three artists use traditional printmaking techniques such as intaglio and lithography as the basis of their artwork. Each artist transforms their print through different techniques such as paper cutting, folding and weaving. The artists create unconventional prints with…

The Fall of the River Don

Watersheds are living entities with richly layered histories, narratives and morphologies. In her work, Menard explores boundaries where the Don River and our city, Toronto, converge. The Don is constantly changing because of climate change and urban development and human interaction. Along its course, most native plants and animals are threatened or extirpated, but some…

Makeshift Tales

Elizabeth D’Agostino has spent the last few years building fictitious environments merging elements both real and imagined. As a child D’Agostino curiously watched her father graft his backyard fruit trees. She would watch him carefully join separate varieties of trees and as a result would produce various varieties of fruit from a single tree in…

Discourse

Jae Lee’s works capture special stories of trivial, mundane or disappearing things that are detected in her life.  Even though they are not flashy or leave profound impressions, they contain unique histories that create extraordinary images. Lee has been collecting various kinds of plants from her garden and letting them dry naturally. Eventually, they are transformed—twisted, faded, and curved….

Beyond Paper: Group Exhibition

Paper is a common print surface in printmaking, but many contemporary print media artists are exploring alternative print surfaces. Beyond Paper is a group exhibition that presents work which utilizes alternative print substrates such as ceramic, fabric and wood rather than solely paper. Work by Laura Bydlowska, Pam Lobb, Liz Menard and Theresa Morin examines the fragile existence of…

The Edge: Ancient Light

The Edge will feature work from Curry’s series Ancient Light. This body of work was begun during a 2015 artist residency in New Zealand as an exploration into the ever-changing nature of the edges of islands. Ancient Light is a series that continues to develop and will also form part of a collaboration in book…

Book | Print: Group Exhibition

 Featuring work by Rebecca Cowan, Victoria Cowan, Sandra Haar, Kevin Haas, Loree Ovens, and George A. Walker, this group exhibition focuses on the handmade book as artwork. The artists included explore various subject matters, utilizing traditional bookbinding techniques, such as accordion folding and hand binding to create contemporary artist books.

Lumos

Loree Ovens’ work is influenced by intersecting and overlapping patterns, both in a linear and abstract sense. The actual path of our daily routine interacts with others and our environment as though our footprints create sheet music or are part of a dance. “Tension and vibrations are formed between lines and objects producing surface energy,…

Fragility to Resurrection

During a visit to Japan, after the immense earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, Shinsuke Minegishi witnessed the disorder and chaos in this urbanized system and realized just how fragile and vulnerable human civilization could be. It was terrifying to recognize that a nation that took thousands of years to develop, and the security people…

Truss

The term “truss” refers to a rigid framework of wooden or metal beams, which supports a structure. This small body of work is an extension of Yael Brotman’s series of extra-dimensional prints, Scaffolding, in which she references architectural models and construction processes, and considers our urge to build. Brotman began to incorporate lights into her…

Artifacts

In a new series of screenprints, Dana Tosic investigates possibilities of capturing the human body in motion using one reprographic technology (3D scan) to capture a moment in time, executed in another (screen print). The images depicted portray glimpses of quotidian activities and gestures captured using a continuous 360-degree, 3D scan of a single motion….

Selected Work from the Print Sales Gallery

Open Studio’s Print Sales Gallery represents original fine art prints by over 150 artists, offering collectible works by contemporary Canadian artists. This exhibition will feature a selection of framed prints from the Print Sales Gallery with work by Mary Baranowski-Lowden, Janice Carbert, Libby Hague, Christine Koch, Lorna Livey and Luke Painter. Also in the Print…

That Reminds Me of…

Shogo Okada’s work—with simple lines and colours, and no up or down, or left or right—criticizes people’s lack of consciousness. In the current cultural context of excess accumulation of information, in which people don’t think about what they are seeing, and just take in information passively, this exhibition aims to activate viewers, to stimulate attitudes,…

Sandra Haar: Selections from Permitted

The Permitted series takes as its subject a scene from a first-run feature film ( הסיפור של יוסי / Yossi, dir. Eytan Fox) viewed in a Tel Aviv cinema. It depicts, from memory and from re-viewing, the climactic scene of a filmic love story between two men. The scene’s portrayal of longing realized is thematically mirrored in the artist’s process. While waiting…

La Bouche

Invited by Open Studio to realize a  print media project, celebrated Canadian artist Spring Hurlbut worked with master lithographer Kevin Haas to create a series of three prints titled La Bouche. Hurlbut writes: Like my predecessor artist Joyce Wieland, who kissed the lithographic stone to form all the words of O Canada (1969), I’m following…

Integral Decay

Currently based in Toronto, Meggan Winsley received her BFA from York University in 2004 and the Art Fundamentals Certificate course from Sheridan College in 1999. Her work consists of hand-drawn and photo-based screenprints. Her work addresses the relationship between preservation, decomposition, and the beauty that can be found in the presence of decay. Her work…

On Your Marks: Group Exhibition

In celebration of sport, On Your Marks… is a group exhibition that features artwork by 15 artists whose work depicts a variety of sporting goods and accessories used in athletic pursuits. The athletes’ equipment can enhance their strengths and weaknesses, marking them as winners or losers. Representing a wide spectrum of sporting events, this exhibition celebrates the art…

Lace

Lace is an exhibition of prints on paper and clay, that explore Morin’s interest in textile pattern, history and relationships. Theresa Morin is a Toronto based visual artist who works in printmaking and pottery. She has been exhibiting her artwork in public and artist run galleries throughout Ontario since the mid 1980s. Morin graduated from the University of…

Print-by-Colours: Group Exhibition

Print-by-Colours engages the playfulness of the childhood “paint-by-numbers” activity books. Colours abound as every hue in the colour spectrum are represented in this group exhibition. Open Studio’s Print Sales Gallery represents original fine art prints by over 150 artists, offering collectible works by contemporary Canadian artists. This exhibition will feature a selection of work by…

LOVE LACE: le cœur dans tous ses états

The symbolic heart has always been a part of Isabelle Hémard’s work; a deceptively simple yet powerfully relatable and universally understood image. In childhood, the heart is an expression of the purest form of love and happiness. During adolescence, unrestrained love expressed with a knife carving of initials into wood. In our fully formed adult…

Configuration

For almost 40 years McCall has been passionate about printmaking, spending over half of that period screenprinting and in the last 15 years she has been actively pursuing collagraphy. Since the beginning of her printmaking career, she has been exploring the subject of nature. In her 2009 Nature découpée  series, McCall explores the fundamental details found…

Moments In Time

Moments in Time utilizes the type of spontaneous images made possible by the ubiquity of smartphones. In Abbass’s daily life, she is often on foot and takes the opportunity to notice the day-to-day changes the seasons bring in the lawns and gardens of her neighbourhood.  When she sees a flower in bloom, or brightly coloured…

Vestiges

Shawn Reynar’s current work explores the connections between traditional media and how it interfaces with digital technologies specifically aimed at the growing vocabulary of print-based processes. As a springboard for the creation of these abstract works, his research explores the history of mark-making and the notion of digitally generated lines in relation to medical disorders…

Ecstasy // Normal

Ecstasy // Normal is a project which explores appropriated imagery used by illicit drug manufacturers to brand ecstasy tablets. Using research sources such as online pill testing databases and news reports, Tobias Williams has created a series of screenprinted works inspired by the colourful, brand-fuelled visual vernacular of MDMA drug culture. Because of the illicit…

Selected Artwork from the Open Studio Print Sales Gallery

The Open Studio Print Sales Gallery represents original fine art prints by over 150 artists, offering collectible works by contemporary Canadian artists. This group exhibition will feature a selection of work by artists featured in our past off-site exhibitions in 2014 including Perspectives on Nature at the Capital One North York Office, and Art Toronto…

Undertow, Part 1

Pamela Dodds’ work explores the complexity of human relationships through a feminist lens. Working primarily, though not exclusively in figurative imagery, she seeks to reflect, mirror, question and challenge norms and assumptions around gender, memory, history, and our relationship with Nature. She is inspired by the interface of personal/political where a personal or intimate act…

Yesterday’s News

Jeannette Nguyen is a Toronto-based artist and screenprinter. She graduated from OCAD in 2006 with a major in Photography. After having lived abroad, Jeannette began to focus and specialize in illustration and printmaking. She currently works as a Scenic Painter in film and television, and prints at Open Studio in Toronto. Her work is illustrative…

Conversations In Silence

Daryl Vocat’s work is an on-going search for representational accuracy, a search for flaws and misunderstandings in social constructs and an examination of relationships. By recontextualizing and manipulating existing images, he discusses their shortcomings and turns the images on themselves, exposing an alternate point of view. His work seeks to reach beyond, and acknowledge, the…

OH! CANADA!

Leslie Schniffer was born and reared in Toronto, Canada. He received a B.A.Hons. from York University, and has received additional art training at Humber College, Three Schools of Art, Toronto School of Art, Open Studio, and College Street Atelier. He taught art at Bishop Strachan School, and is a member of Open Studio. OH! CANADA!…

Open Studio National Printmaking Award Shortlisted Artists

The Open Studio National Printmaking Award was launched in 2008 to recognize and reward excellence in the Canadian printmaking community. Open to all printmakers in Canada and Canadian printmakers working elsewhere, the awards are presented in conjunction with Open Studio’s annual 100 Prints event. Combining elements of a fine art exhibition and a lottery, 100…

Threshold

A threshold is a point of access, or a moment for beginning; a space in time that can remind us that nothing is permanent and everything is fleeting. Threshold, an exhibition by Laura Bydlowska, is an examination of parallel environments and the imaginable entry point that may at times join the two. In many of Bydlowska’s…

The Spaces Between

The Spaces Between, an exhibition by Emma Nishimura, focuses on the complicated experiences her paternal grandparents endured throughout their internment as Japanese Canadians in the Second World War and in the years after. Exploring the relationships and interactions between the sites where these experiences occurred and the stories and memories themselves, the work investigates the…

Glass Slide Compositions

Hazel Eckert’s practice is a form of visual research: a process-oriented investigation of her environment. Eckert spends her days in a commercial letterpress print shop working with analogue technology, where she scavenges materials off of the floor and out of recycling bins.  These discarded offcuts and byproducts constitute an ever-expanding collection of fragments and ephemera….

Elusive Plume

Elusive Plume is about unraveling and capturing the fragile complexity of a feather and its relationship to other natural objects. The feather specimens along with other collected organic pieces are the artist’s “treasures of nature,” as she likes to call them. They become stills for the small yet intricate scenes that are captured in her water-based…

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Elizabeth D’Agostino’s recent work combines printmaking with sculpture, creating installations that examine human interaction within settings surrounded by environmental and physical change. Hybrid forms are created from human artifacts, anatomical references, insects, vegetable and animal life. Within these invented environments, relationships in space and structure are re-purposed to create new narratives modified and influenced by…

The Print Process – Drypoint

This group exhibition examines the intaglio medium of drypoint on paper. By drawing directly onto the plate with a steel needle, the artists produce a “furrow” or rough line that leaves metal burrs on either side of the groove. These burrs hold ink and print in a characteristically fuzzy manner. The three featured artists utilize…

In-Flight Views

Astrid Ho’s abstract works reference the environment and images of nature. Her new abstract monotypes on paper continue to reference nature, within the context of the aerial perspective. The images of her work are based on passing snapshots during her flights to/from Thunder Bay, Vancouver and New York City, between August to November 2013. The…

Ring in the New

This annual exhibition highlights new artists that have joined the Open Studio Print Sales Gallery over the past year. The focus is on emerging artists to watch for, and their contemporary perspectives within the tradition of printmaking. Featuring: Anna Gaby-Trotz, Zavi Lerman and Amy Uyeda.

Heather Smith: Cut Wood – Don Phillips Scholarship Exhibition

Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process Heather Smith, recipient of the Don Phillips Scholarship, graduated from the Fine Arts program at Queen’s University (2012). She is from Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, and primarily uses this area for her source imagery, which she…

Meghan Price: Astronautics – Donald O’Born Family Scholarship

Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarship/fellowship residencies to artists of merit, as chosen through an annual juried selection process. Meghan Price,  recipient of the Donald O’Born Family Scholarship, is an artist and educator born in Montreal, now living in Toronto. She holds a degree in Textile Construction from The Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles…

New Work

Kaleena Stasiak is fascinated by the ways in which people attempt to transcend loss. In a society that typically sugarcoats or ignores mortality, she forces us to confront it. Stasiak’s work shows a continual presence of her interest in craft and women’s work and its representation of the creative potential of life. Kaleena Stasiak attended…

Covering the Story

Long-time member of Open Studio and Toronto artist Susan Cunningham exhibits a series of screen prints begun at a residency at Atelier Graf in Montréal entitled Covering the Story. Cunningham worked with Claude Fortaich the technician at Atelier Graf to create digital prints of dust jackets from 1940’s and 50’s novels. As she silkscreened layers…

Antecedent

“Even nothing cannot last forever.” Neil Gaiman, American Gods This recent work explores notions of time, place, memory and transformation. It began with historical photographs from The City of Toronto Archives, sifting through more than a hundred years of life and change in this place. Amanda Nicole White is interested in the shared histories that…

Margin

The works in Margin, by Elizabeth Forrest, began with photographs and drawings of lake and sky, inspired in part by the vertical format of many 19th century Japanese colour print landscapes. As with earlier work, Forrest found herself most drawn to capturing the subtle shifts of light and colour which her chosen medium of mokuhanga…

Makers, Believers

Laine Groeneweg’s Makers, Believers looks at and inspires conversations relating to notions of work and play. At what point did play become work, and when did the innocence of it all become so real? Conversely, when does it all become play again? How is it possible that some of us never lose touch with that sense…

Flora Shum: RLPA2011THF – Don Phillips Scholarship Exhibition

RLPA2011THF (an acronym for The Rules of Life – Project A: To Have Face, 2011) explores identity and the need to save face and conceal personal weakness. The work reflects the artist’s compulsion to dissect identity, carefully angling a scalpel and shaving off a slice, sticking it between glass, and sliding it under a microscope….

Lauren Nurse: There’s always room on the broom – Donald O’Born Family Scholarship Exhibition

From October 27 through November 26, 2011, Open Studio was pleased to present the 2011 Scholarship/Fellowship Exhibitions, featuring artists Tara Cooper (Nick Novak Fellowship), Lauren Nurse (Donald O’Born Family Scholarship), and Flora Shum (Don Phillips Scholarship). Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarships/fellowships, providing artists working in print media with both professional support and access…

Tobias Williams: Ecce Cheeto – Don Phillips Scholarship

Presented in the George Gilmour Members’ Gallery, Tobias Williams’ work Ecce Cheeto also ironically glorifies a mass produced product – the familiar orange snack food of the title. Featuring large format images of Cheetos and other processed foods and hand-printed wallpaper, Williams’ Cheetos become objects that are regarded with both disgust and reverence. The works…

Nadine Bariteau: Consecrated Multitude – The Donald O’Born Family Scholarship

From November 4 through 28, 2010, Open Studio was pleased to present the 2010 Scholarship/Fellowship Exhibitions, featuring work by artists Shannon Gerard (Nick Novak Fellowship), Nadine Bariteau (Donald O’Born Family Scholarship), and Tobias Williams (Don Phillips Scholarship). Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarships/fellowships, providing artists working in print media with both professional support and…

40 Years, 40 Prints, 40 Printmakers: Open Studio Members’ 40th Anniversary Exhibition

40 Years, 40 Prints, 40 Printmakers Open Studio Members’ 40th Anniversary Exhibition September 16 – October 30, 2010 From September 16 – Ocotber 30, 2010, Open Studio’s George Gilmour Members’ Gallery and Print Sales Galleryfeatured 40 Years, 40 Prints, 40 Printmakers, in celebration of Open Studio’s 40th anniversary. This comprehensive exhibition highlights the extraordinary range…

Hazel Eckert: [MONUMENTAL] – The Donald O’Born Family Scholarship

Open Studio presented the 2009 Scholarship Exhibitions from November 5 to 28, 2009 by artists Pamela Dodds (Nick Novak Scholarship), Hazel Eckert (Donald O’Born Family Scholarship), and Kelsey Schuett (Don Phillips Scholarship). Each year, Open Studio awards three scholarships, providing artists working in print media with both professional support and access to studio facilities to…